Over the last ten years, “coffee shops” (a word with no French translation) have begun springing up in Paris. They are small and expensive, because importing beans from anywhere not supplied by a French coffee giant is a difficult task. But they’ve become trendy and popular, beloved by Parisians because Paris has traditionally been espresso-fueled, serving bitter brews with tubes of sugar; this is the quality revolution.
When you feel like really stepping up your coffee snobbery, Coutume is the place to go. Founded by Australian Tom Clark, the shop made a name for itself by being the first (and one of the only) roasteries in Paris to offer weekly cuppings (re: coffee tasting). Decked out with elaborate glassware and bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling, Coutume has an almost Nordic look to it. Their offerings change day to day, and if you’re not feeling coffee you can purchase juice that lets you know exactly how many raspberries went into making it.